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Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Licence

Changes to mandatory licensing

At the moment it's only HMOs with three or more storeys and five or more people  that need a licence.

From 1 October 2018 HMOs that are occupied by five or more people with any number of storeys will be licensable.

This means that one or two storey properties will become licensable.

You can apply online now. Applications must be received by 1 October 2018 or the property will be treated as unlicensed, a higher licence fee will apply and you may be liable to prosecution or other enforcement action

Landlords currently need an HMO licence if a property has three or more storeys (this includes cellar, basement, shops and loft conversions) and give or more tenants forming more than one household.

It is an offence to fail to license an HMO, and landlords can be prosecuted and fined up to £20,000 for failing to license.

You can apply for a new licence, renew an existing licence or change your licence online:

Public Register

We maintain an Public Register of HMOs that have been licensed.

East Herts HMO Public Register [194KB]